HAVELOCK -- Black marker on a white board inside the locker room detailed the playoff scenarios for the Havelock boys' basketball team.

Amid the various records and matchups in the Coastal 3A Conference, two words written by head coach Daniel Griffee to his players stood out — “You decide.”

The Rams made their decision readily apparent against West Carteret on Tuesday night, beating the Patriots 100-63 to keep their chances at finishing second in the conference alive.

“This does a lot for us,” Griffee said of the league victory. “That was huge for us.”

Thanks to four 3-pointers from Anthony Harris, the Rams (10-10, 5-4) built an early 24-10 lead. However, the Patriots (12-6, 3-6) drew to within 57-51 on Christian Frazier’s 3-pointer with 2:21 left in the third quarter.

Havelock closed the quarter on a 13-0 run to lead 70-51. The Patriots scored just 12 points over the last 10:21 of the contest.

“We got straight on defense,” Harris said. “We started getting some steals and stopped them from running and took the game over.”

Harris, who scored a game-high 31 points, said the players realized the importance of the game in the conference race.

“We’ve got to get on a winning streak,” he said. “We had been losing. We got tired of it. We got things straight in practice. We got serious, and we took over.”

Senior Khalil Barrett added 22 points and senior Khari Knight added 14 on Senior Night, and Kevon Hammond contributed 13 points.

The Rams hit the 100-point mark on a basket from Donavan Turner with 28 seconds left in the game, setting off a celebration among the Havelock fans who stayed until the end of the game.

“One-hundred points in high school is awesome,” Griffee said. “They just played and let it happen. They didn’t go out there thinking they were going to score 100. They just played good basketball, good team basketball. They executed what we put in practice and finished.

“I’m proud of these guys, how hard they work and the time and effort they put in. I’d go into battle with these guys anywhere.”

Havelock is scheduled to close out the regular season Thursday at Swansboro.

 

W. Carteret 10 21 20 12 —63

Havelock 24 22 24 30 —100

West Carteret (63) — Christian Frazier 18, Jason Williams 12, Sylvester Wilcox 9, Steven Barr 8, DeShawn Jones 6, Shakur Frazier 4, Dylan Fountain 2, Chaz Wilkins 2, Anthony Moore 2.

Havelock (100) — Anthony Harris 31, Khalil Barrett 22, Khari Knight 14, Kevon Hammond 13, Josh Reid 9, Donavan Turner 3, Andrew Boyd 2, Jarod Norwood 2, Kamron Hoover 2, Jonquarius Hatteon 1, Welton Spottsville 1.